SC rejects plea for probe into Vadra land deals

Robert Vadra

The Supreme Court Monday trashed a plea for an investigation into the land deals of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in Haryana, noting that the PIL not only lacked merit but also wrongly targeted only Vadra.

Slamming the "cheap publicity tactic", a Bench of Justices H L Dattu and Ranjan Gogoi censured the petitioner for naming in his PIL only Vadra while keeping all other real estate developers out of such mentionings.

"Your petition says Haryana government had given licence for 21,000 acres of land. Then why you target only one person? Let us clarify that in the name of PIL we are not going to destroy the name of a particular person. Merely because he is related to a political family, you cannot call him a sinner," the Bench told petitioner advocate M L Sharma.

While appreciating Sharma's work in the recent past on various public interest issues, the Bench cautioned him from spoiling the name of a person for cheap publicity.

"You should rather channelise you energy into welfare of those people who have lost their home and living in the recent floods in several states," the Bench told Sharma, whose PIL relating to coal blocks allocation case and financial audits of NGOs are pending in the court.

Besides the CBI investigation, the PIL had sought quashing of an order by the CAG to reportedly stop audit inquiry against colony licences issued to Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd, with which Vadra is said to be associated.

While the Haryana government has declared Vadra's land deal as transparent and legitimate, IAS officer Ashok Khemka had cancelled one of the deals struck by him with realty major DLF last year. The Haryana government has opened three inquiries against the officer, who was transferred thrice after he nullified the Vadra deal. Khemka has said cancellation of the deal in October 2012 had become the "watershed moment" of his service career.

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